Two Weeks

DSCF3320For the second week in a row, she hasn’t been on her corner. Trying to sell a newspaper while walking slowly with her cane.

Easy not to look. Easy to drive by.

I still have the money to give her. I just don’t know where she is.

I pray for us to help those in need. When we see them. When we have the opportunity.

One must see God in everyone.”

St. Catherine Laboure

Spiritual Acceptance

IMG_2036On my walk of faith, I have met people who believe anxiety and depression are indicators of a faith which is shallow. I once heard it described as not having true faith. Or not having enough trust in God.

I love meeting people who are on different walks of faith. For those who never experience a day of worry or sadness, please know how fortunate you are!

This post is about acceptance.

I have met so many people who will not attend church because of how they were approached. They were rejected rather than loved. They were judged rather than accepted. They were talked at rather than talked to.

One denomination has a mission statement which includes: “To embody God’s Love for all people.”

My prayer is for us to meet people where they happen to be. Listen to their faith journey. Maybe they haven’t taken a single step. Maybe they ran away. Listen to them and love them. Encourage them to walk with you and invite them to God’s house. The doors are open!

 

 

 

Spiritual Trust

IMG_0854I love going on my road trips and traveling away from the interstates! There is one section of road in the middle of the state which is uncomfortable for me. It is a two lane stretch of highway where cars pass within feet of one another at high speeds. It is the same road where my parents were hit head on by a drunken driver. For a long time, I didn’t want to take this road.

In order to drive this stretch of road, I have to trust the people going in the opposite direction. I have to trust that I am going to be ok.

How about our spiritual trust?

There have been times on my walk of faith when I didn’t trust God. Dark days when I doubted God was with me. Depressing days when my doubt would turn to worry and anxiety.

I now know God was always with me. My experiences helped me get to where I am today.

Sometimes unsure and not steady but confident enough to drive on any road. Confident enough to know God is always with me on my walk of faith.

I pray we will encourage those who feel alone and afraid. I pray for us to share our journey and walk with them.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Matthew 6: 34

A Second Chance

IMG_0656She stands at a corner trying to sell a newspaper very few want to buy. She walks with a cane so by the time  the light changes, only one or two cars have a chance to help her.

For the past three mornings, I had my money ready to give her.

She hasn’t been on her corner. I hope and pray she is ok.

Like a last chance plant, she was easy to pass by. I hope to see her this morning.

My prayer is for us to help those we can as God guides our walk of faith.

Last Chance Plants

IMG_0656My friend John has a green thumb. Actually, by the look of his gardens, I believe he has two! Every now and then, he buys one of those last chance plants at the garden store. You know, the plants that look near death and had been passed over in the regular section. Many of John’s last chance plants have blossomed and bloomed in their new home! All it took was someone to see their potential and promise.

What about our last chance people? People on the margins of society who believe they will not be given another chance. We see them every day either in person or in news reports about the homeless and hungry.

What do we do?

Personally, I don’t do enough. I realize I can’t help every homeless person I see. Sometimes I let that reality become an excuse and rationalize how that person is not my problem. Someone else can help them. Some social service agency could meet their needs. This thinking results in me walking past and driving by people in need.

Personally, I don’t do enough. Tomorrow morning, rather than driving by the woman who tries to sell a paper no one wants, I am going to stop in that parking lot. I am going to give her what I would spend on lunch this week.

Personally, I don’t do enough but this is something. We can’t assume the weakest and most vulnerable people in our society are going to be ok.

Tomorrow might be our last chance to help that person.

The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

Matthew 25: 40

Back To Sunday School

DSCF3043I continue to struggle with living in the present moment. I have regrets about the past and worry about the future.

My God-goal is to turn present moments to minutes. As I continue my walk of faith, I hope to turn minutes in to an hour of spiritual mindfulness.

As I was talking with God about this, I was reminded of being in Sunday school. At a very young age, we were taught, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”

It was a comforting message at that time.

It is a comforting message now.

God’s message which allows me to be present.

Here, with you. Thank you for sharing this moment!

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1: 1

Finding Fault With Church

IMG_0950“I am really angry about this and am going to tell him now.”

I watched as a member of my church expressed his anger to my pastor ten minutes before a service. Not only was it the wrong time (my pastor politely listened), there was something missing.

It’s easy to identify problems within a church.

I left the church and stayed away for many years after witnessing how heartless the business side of a church (or denomination) can be. How heartless? As heartless as any corporation.

If we are going to identify problems within a church, we need to be part of a constructive solution.

There is no such thing as a perfect church or a perfect pastor.

There is relationship.

There is personal relationship with God.

A personal relationship which can be found and fostered in our community of faith.

It’s ok to be angry. God understands.

My prayer is that we will not walk away. I was gone too long.